Places to visit

CHARMING PLACES

Washed by the estuary, the municipality of Mugardos has a deep flavor to sea. The relay is undulated and quite low, typical of coast|back|descent, forming precious and  landscapes pictures. Its estuary forms an ideal space for the shellfishing for its fund of sands and mud.

All the mugardés territory is framed in a coastal strip where different inlets are found - O Baño, A Barca, Santa Lucía, O Seixo - tips - Round, Beak, Ratón, Tillable Lands, Promontoiro and O Seixo, and the beach of the Bestarruza. It´s impossible to talk about Mugardos and not about the sea.

One of its main appeals lies in the set|ensemble formed by the villa and the port, with its views to the estuary. We can initiate the walk in a peculiar way, doing the journey of about 10 minutes from Ferrol, enjoying the landscape and the sea breeze. From the sea tighten an unknown perpectiva of the spectacular entry of the estuary, with the confronted castles of La Palma and of San Felipe

We reach then the delicious one and maritime walk, where a great related activity is displayed with the sea (caulked, cleaning of the fish...). Setting off from the Casa do Reloxo, headquarters of the Cofradía de Pescadores and Office of Tourism, we will find the houses of moved balconies that are so typical of the coruñesa coast, some of them with gallery, which highlight the charm of Mugardos as seafaring villa. This space is named Cantón da Mariña, exactly up to the monument to the Anchor, in the roundabout of rise to the urban center.

From here, it would enter them to me in the one that is called Cantón de Cora, which extends up to the access to the beach of the Bestarruza. Between both cantons, we will find the Fonte do Loureiro, and will remember the legend according to which all that one that drank of its water would match with a woman of Mugardos.

The walk offers us, besides, the possibility to taste, in any of the inns, that they follow one another one after another, the famous octopus to the mugardesa, to the Galician, in pie... in any of its variants it does the delights of the many tourists who approach every weekend.

After replacing valley forces the sentence to continue the comfortable walk for the port up to the cozy beach of the Bestarruza, very protected and of calm waters, where we can still observe the ruins of the former Factory of Salazón, of the 18th century.

We will find, the inlet of O Baño, towards the Castle of La Palma, across a nice walk surrounded with trees and some optimal views, in the place of As Mareas, the anchored of O Baño and the bridge on the Estuary river passed, we can take the deviation by hand right, which to us will take for the Camiño Vello, to the place of the Redonda, with its picturesque lighthouse and with a small inlet where we will be able to see the women mariscando.

If we follow the road we will enjoy an enormous image with the Castle of La Palma and that of San Felipe and the narrow and spectacular mouth of the estuary. At scarce meters|subways of the Castle of La Palma acquaintance as "Cú da Raíña", in memory of the landing of Mariana of Neoborough, is circular the big rock situated when the king Carlos II traveled to meet with her future husband.

The panoramic view is optimal if we continue even the Monte da Bailadora, at about 265 meters on the level of the sea, of special natural interest. In the summit remains of old military batteries are preserved. From there the image of the estuaries is of an incomparable beauty, worthy of the best postal one.

The Inlet of A Barca is another of the spaces of natural interest. This inlet is reached through itineraries in which the exhuberante nature and the sea are omnipresent elements, overwhelming us with a thousand classes of brightness and tones. In this space the best clam|plum of the estuary is extracted.

The vision of the shellfish fisherman in the fertile waters of which they obtain the priced fruit is unrepeatable, framed by one of the most pictures seafaring sets of the territory: O Seixo; its port of decorated and coloristic houses with windows and balconies of shining colors, some with jetties, together with modernistic and indianas mansions form a unique architectonic ensemble.

ARCHITECTURE

Mugardos offers many possibilities to the visitors, his|her|its|their seafaring origins give a special character to him|her. Besides we can also find samples|exhibitions of indiana, military and religious architecture.

Architecture Indiana

The seafaring villa of O Seixo is one of the best examples of Galicia to enjoy the indiana architecture. The origins of this type of constructions soar at the end of the 19th century and beginnings of the XX, when those emigrants of the Américas that did fortune went back and promoted initiatives that helped improve the conditions of life of their neighbors.

Thus, lifted casinos and houses that imitated architectonic models of the countries of welcome schools, bridges, laundry rooms. It is the case of the Casino Progreso, of Franza, of modernistic style, or the Grupo Escolar Francisco Vizoso, at scarce meters of the previous one with rectangular pranta, them go of different forms and a central body with two balconies.

The Chalet de Esperante, of ends of the XIX, in the center of O Seixo, stands out for its cover to eight waters, alpine chalet type and its decoration with brick and wood worked as lace. Finally, and also in O Seixo, house Montero Cabana of 1925, it consists of three heights and in its stands out the skylight of the cover.

Military Architecture

For what is is referred to the military architecture, the Castillo de La Palma is, undoubtedly, one of the great appeals of Mugardos, for its architectonic characteristics as well as for the historical episodes in which played the lead together with the Castle of San Felipe, in the other side of the estuary, and for the I leave ajar natural in which if is.

Built in 1597 and reform in 1869, it is found at the end of the C-122 road, after contornear the nice|pretty inlet of O Baño and to cross the hamlet of A Redonda.

Together with the Castle of San Felipe, on the opposed side, the scarce distance, a basic defensive paper|role played|staked in several bellicose episodes when, from the 16th century, the conditions of the protected estuary, calls the attention of the Crown, which converts in strategic, passing to being the city of Ferrol capital of the Military Department of the North and place of ubicación of the Asteleiros Reais and of the Military Arsenal.

From these two castles it was controlled, together with the missing castle of San Martiño, all the traffic of the estuary, blocking the step|crossing of the vessels hanging a chain between the different fortifications out what made the estuary unsurmountable.

Religious Architecture

Between the many samples of religious architecture that we find in the municipality, it is the church of Santiago de Franza to which it|he|she has more artistic value. Of neo-Gothic style, presents only one ship with vaults. In its interior sends the Renaissance grave of Pedro de Sillobre, gentleman of Boado, local nobleman of the 16th century.

The church of San Xiao, de Arriba, has a possible late Romanesque origin, with baroque additions, as the tower of 1845. Preserves an interesting baroque altarpiece in the interior. Near the church sends the beautiful cruiser of San Xiao, in good state of conservation, and that presents symbols of the passion.

Between the churches of subsequent construction and neoclassical style it|she finds that of San Xiao de Abaixo, that of San Xoán de Piñeiro, with clerestory, and the church of San Vicente de Meá, raised in the 19th century on a chapel of the XVI, dedicated to Saint Lucia.

The chapel of Lodairo or da Ascensión, in Franza, near a way of pilgrimage, constitutes another interesting example. Date of before the 12th century and presents a single covered ship with a vault of canyon.

In this same space finds the cruiser of Lodairo, of the 18th century, with an old cross with a Christ and with the Virgin in orante position. Here a popular pilgrimage is celebrated on day of the Ascensión, with pilgrimage up to the hermitage and rural food.

ROUTES

Themselves they can suggest mass of routes for the Council of Mugardos. In the jetty of Mugardos, very near the area of mooring place of the Launch of Mugardos they will find the Office of Tourism.

Route of drawn cicloturismo Mugardos - Segaño

Exit of the Casa do Reloxio in the jetty of Mugardos, close to the point of mooring place of the Launch that does the route of Mugardos a Ferrol. The direction walk to the Canton of Cora is gone from where we rise for the Real street to the L-131 (street of the Beak).

For the place of As Mareas we arrodeamos the inlet of the O Baño (beautiful inlet in which  finds the beach of the Bestarruza) first in a drop|descent and afterwards in a rise to the Round tip. In the end|goal of the detour to the inlet of the O Baño we arrive to the beautiful place of A Redonda, an excellent oriel of Mugardos and of its beach of the Bestarruza. When happening to Redonda we leave the last houses of the Council so that we find the Castle of La Palma, an impressive military fortification native of the S.XVI that controlled on its day the mouth of the estuary together with the Castle of San Felipe. From the castle we go parallel to the sea already in ways of land up to the tip of the Segaño (already in the council|town council of Ares).

From this tip we have one magnifies panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, of the entry of the estuary of Ferrol, of the Exterior Port and if does good day... up to where the view catches up with us.

In this point we go 6 kilometers, here we have the option of voltar for the same way Mugardos or following direction to the inlet of Chanteiro, where we find a nice|pretty beach collected of the winds.

From here, surrounding the mounts of Montefaro and Bailadora for the aresanas parishes of Chanteiro and Cervás, to attack its rise for the places of Monte, Sandei and towards Bara Roibeiras and the inlet of O Baño already in Mugardos.

At 400 m. of starting the rise  in the L-131 we take a deviation to the right that us takes to the church of San Xiao de Mugardos, and from there arrive to the street of Cristo and we go down for the High street up to the church of San Telmo, so that continues going down towards the jetty and completes the 13 km of this route.

Route of drawn cycle-tourism Mugardos - O Baño

Exit of the Casa do Reloxo in the jetty of Mugardos, close to the point of mooring place of the Launch that does the route of Mugardos a Ferrol. Goes itself the direction walk Cantón de Cora from where  is promoted to the Avenida de Galiza towards the Penedo, for the road of the O Seixo.

This road parallel to the estuary is followed until arrives to O Seixo, small and beautiful people that count sailor characteristic of the area with a jetty and an architecture.

Of this place we continue towards the church of Franza and we, L-122, which we cross towards the chapel of the Ascensión already in the parish of San Xoán de Piñeiro, direct ourselves towards the road. In this section there are numerous trees that make the walk very nice in the summer.

From this place we go towards Seselle, and at the 300 m. we take the road of service parallel to the fast way of Mugardos-Fene, which leaves us in the roundabout of Franza, from which we go to the church of San Vitorio. Arrived to this point we direct ourselves to the places of Rilo, Areosa and the Casás so goes down to the church of San Vicente de Meá and turns the jetty of Mugardos over for the street Contramaestre Casado, passing for the Casas Baratas, o Campo dos Carneiros and descent Casa do Reloxio. This route reaches 12 km. being interior areas of the council in its biggest part. The sections are all transitable and for travel by bicycle.